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House of Lords Reform — Motion to Take Note (Continued)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 8:36 pm on 15th September 2015.

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Photo of Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Conservative 8:36 pm, 15th September 2015

As my noble friend knows, I raised the issue of the special advisers who had been appointed on the basis that they would be able to come here but only to vote and not to speak. It was not a personal attack on the individuals or their decisions; it was on the question as to whether or not it is right to appoint people to this House with a condition that they are not able to speak. That could be seen as the Government simply using people as lobby fodder.